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Definition eliminate or prevent from happening
  • The Trojans, Tuscans, and Arcadian line, With equal courage obviate their design.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • He has no need to go into them minutely-his experience obviates that-the net result is the definite impression that something is wrong.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • To obviate this, I cleaned but two steps at a time, a distance over which a ten-year-old child could step.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • This arrangement had its rise in the feverish impatience of the girl, which could brook no delay that it was in her power to obviate.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • A useful and graciously austere half-light which dissipates puerile fears and obviates falls.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • That will obviate all difficulties you know; and from us I really think, my dear Jane, you can have no scruple to accept such an accommodation.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • But if we can get a sample of Snow Crash from this drug-taking site, it will obviate the rest of our mission.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • He hit upon a very simple method of obviating this difficulty.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • The means by which it was proposed to obviate this second obstacle was to delegate the electoral powers of the nation to a body of representatives.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • He remembered those generous glutei that obviated any need for a supporting pillow.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • This quarrel was obviating that.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • If these measures were carefully studied and properly applied, they would obviate any risk of an epidemic.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Upon this ground, which is evidently the true one, it will not be difficult to obviate the objections which have been made to an indefinite power of taxation in the United States.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • In order to obviate any delays possible through any routine requirements as to payment in your departments, we enclose cheque herewith for ten pounds, receipt of which please acknowledge.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • 67 More stars than I had ever seen smeared the frozen sky A gibbous moon rose above the shoulder of 27,824-foot Makalu, washing the slope beneath my boots in ghostly light, obviating the need for a headlamp.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • That Heather had known Joe for years—in fact, attended the same Lutheran church where Michelle had taken Chrissie and Nina to Sunday school and services—did not obviate her need to see his driver's license.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Having approached this structure, I looked inside, and perceived it to be a singular sort of oldfashioned couch, very conveniently designed to obviate the necessity for every member of the family having a room to himself.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • To a man living so much in the past, and so little in the present, as the secluded and antiquarian old bachelor, a century and a half seemed not so vast a period as to obviate the propriety of substituting right for wrong.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • There was supposed to be a presentation about the future of CircleMoney—a way to send all online purchases through the Circle and, eventually, obviate the need for paper currency at all—but then the presentation was cancelled.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • "Though with your usual anxiety for our happiness," said Elinor, "you have been obviating every impediment to the present scheme which occurred to you, there is still one objection which, in my opinion, cannot be so easily removed."
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility

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